Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) recognized several Community Champions and the Distinguished Citizen of the Year at the 2018 Community Conference held on July 14 at the Renaissance Senior Center. For 23 years, the conference has been recognizing outstanding residents and their contributions in Orange County.
Col. Edwin R. Marrero was awarded Mayor Jacobs’ 2018 Distinguished Citizen of the Year.
Marrero has lived in Orange County for more than 30 years and currently serves as the chair of Mayor Jacobs’ Veterans Advisory Council. Through his dedicated work within the community, he has increased membership to the council and has worked with local organizations to ensure local veterans have better access to vital services and resources.
2018 Orange County Community Award Winners include:
District 1 – Cynthia Dailey
As a resident of West Orange County, Dailey has spearheaded the creation of a new community publication, Horizon West Happenings.
District 2 – Monique Raquel Morris
Serving and volunteering in her community, Morris provides a meal and tutoring service every Tuesday for residents in District 2.
District 3 – Bethanne Baer
Baer has served as a community advocate for many years. She spearheads efforts through her neighborhood and works alongside government officials and local businesses to create activities that assist families and children in need.
District 4 – Mark Gonzalez
Gonzales, who oversees infrastructure operations for Pleasant Stay, volunteers his time on local civic and charity boards. Through his service with these organizations, he has successfully implemented community projects with the collaboration of the County.
District 5 – Pastor Charles H. Baxter
Pastor Baxter initiated and has maintained a food pantry to serve the Bithlo community since 2001. It grew from serving 50 families in the Bithlo area, to serving 300 families each week. Pastor Baxter has also recruited and trained 38 volunteers to serve families in Bithlo.
District 6 – Demetrius Summerville
Summerville currently serves as executive director of Kaley Square, a community center that cultivates hope, connection and growth for residents in District 6. Summerville also serves as a member of the Orange Blossom Trail Development Board, as well as a youth football and basketball coach.